Indian domestic air traffic grew by over 16% in September following up on a strong performance in August, according to the latest traffic results announced by the International Air Transport Association (IATA).
“Indian domestic traffic grew 16.4% in September following the strong August growth (18.5%). Capacity rose 5.7%, pushing up load factor 6.6 percentage points to 71.5%,” IATA said.
It, however, pointed out that the improvement over recent months was inconsistent with continued weakness in the economy and could be reflecting fare discounting.
IATA represents some 240 airlines comprising 84% of global air traffic.
Globally, September international passenger demand was up 5.7% compared with the same period in 2012. An equivalent increase in capacity led to load factor remaining unchanged at 80.9% when compared with September 2012.
Asia-Pacific carriers recorded an increase of 8.5% this September compared with the corresponding period last year, the strongest performance among the three biggest regions. Downward pressure on growth during recent months appears to have eased.
European carriers’ international traffic climbed 3.4% in September compared with the period while North American airlines saw demand rise 2.3%. Middle East carriers continued to show the strongest year-over-year traffic growth at 10.4%.